Cedarwell – A Stone, A Leaf, A Door.
[tags: indie rock, indie folk, folk, 2010]
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Finally I received my full copy of the new Cedarwell album! And as I promised you in the announcement post which featured the first four singles of A Stone, A Leaf, A Door., here is the update on the full length. I won’t make this too long because I think the main points were said in the former post, but some things need to be mentioned though. The album features 14 songs with over 60 minutes running time – Erik’s clearly in a very creative phase right now and this can be heard on the album too. I spoke of a mixture of indie rock and (indie) folk after listening to the four single tracks and I still think this is right, even though I think the record in its entirety drifts more towards the indie rock orientated path. Songs like The Other Side start indie folk like and become more and more indie rock to the end. This burst at the end of tracks is a recurring feature and you can find it in many tracks, e.g. in the over 12 minutes long end track On My Mind Montana or in Middle Of West. Along with those harder moments, there are still quite and calm songs that provide a very chilled feeling like the relaxed Black Lung or the piano driven In A Way – Springtime or the folksy Past Year. You see, it’s hard to put this band into a certain genre, but what I can tell for sure is, that Cedarwell’s sound changed a good bit from his 2008 release Smoky Mountain Bear, which was more folk orientated and less direct and indie rock influenced. One last thing: I spoke of a resemblance between Cedarwell and Yo La Tengo in the first place, however, this resemblance was turned into a very own sound with just slightly cross references to the Hoboken Heroes – and that’s good because this way Cedarwell stays fresh and unique. A Stone, A Leaf, A Door. is clearly one album you should check out in 2010. It will hit the streets in March and until then you can listen to some of the songs featured over at Cedarwell’s MySpace or personal homepage.